Portland’s Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

Paul Fishman spots a rusty chunk of metal jutting out of the riverbank on Portlands South Waterfront. Ah-ha!" he said. Heres a piece of ships hull." The piece came from a World War II ship one of the few signs of the post-war industry that used to be here. During World War II, the site was one of several Willamette River shipyards devoted to building military vessels. But when victory made all those warships obsolete, this stretch of the waterfront became the scrapyard where many of those...

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced two new hires in her office. She also announced the departure of two staff members.

According to multiple networks, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Washington’s six-term Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Secretary of the Interior. This could signal that federal conservation policies are set to take a hard right turn.

Typically a survivor of domestic violence would never know if their abuser tried to buy a gun and was denied after a background check. But now a state lawmaker and a domestic violence survivor want to change that.

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Wintertime is often drizzle time in the Pacific Northwest. The region may need to get used to more intense rain as well. Climate change will bring rain in more intense bursts across most of the country. That's according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The extreme rainfall would come in the summer in much of the country. Here, we'd get it mostly in the winter. With a warmer climate, the storms known as Pineapple Expresses would carry more moisture our way from...

The U.S. Department of the Interior will consult with tribes this winter on how best to modernize laws that regulate business in Indian Country. Interior made the announcement on the Swinomish reservation in Western Washington Thursday.

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A three judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit brought by two young people against the state over climate change. The case is related to a federal climate lawsuit that’s also underway.

Members of the U.S. House and Senate expect to pass a law in the next few days that would return a 9,000-year old set of human remains to Northwest tribes. “Kennewick Man” was found along the banks of the Columbia River in 1996 by two students.

A survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who now lives in Lincoln City, Oregon, has vivid memories of the surprise strike on the Pacific Fleet that pushed the U.S. into World War II. Ed Johann, then a 17-year-old apprentice seaman, was crewing a hospital ship's water taxi when the first fighter bombers came over the horizon. As museums and historians polish exhibits and remembrance programs for the 75th anniversary on Wednesday, Johann recalled the attack that killed more than 2,300 U.S. servicemen.

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Data centers that house YouTube videos and Gmail messages need power constantly. Google announced today that all of the energy it consumes globally — including at its data center in The Dalles, Oregon — will soon operate without directly relying on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.

Audit Finds Oregon's Affordable Housing At Risk

Dec 6, 2016
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An audit released Tuesday finds that communication problems and a lack of data at Oregon’s housing agency are putting affordable rentals at risk.

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